After having been to four Insomniac Dreamstate festivals in three different cities, Dreamstate Vancouver takes the cake with no hesitation. Whether it’s music, people, or overall atmosphere, this version comes out on top in every aspect. The event took place at the Harbour Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver with music on 2 stages from 7PM to 2AM (with an after party as well).
Dreamstate Mainstage Photo: Jimmy Chou
From the debuts of international artists like Asteroid and Ciaran McAuley, to showcasing Vancouver locals like Somna and Memory Loss, to stellar vocal performances from Susana and Haliene, the event had it all. One of the most outstanding highlights, however, was the crowd. Vancouver has some of the kindest and most wonderful people I’ve ever met, making for a truly unforgettable Dreamstate experience.
Ferry Tayle b2b Dan Stone Photo: Jimmy Chou
The venue is relatively intimate (compared to a major festival with 7k+ people) and at any given moment you might cross paths with several of the artists that were playing the event. This subtle difference allowed the artists to really connect with their fans on a personal level, without feeling overwhelmed by oversized crowds, which is arguably one of the most important connections you can make in dance music.
Will Atkinson Photo: Dreamstate
Finally, the after party next door provided the perfect ending to a perfect weekend. As DJs, managers, production staff, bartenders, and attendees all got on the dance floor to watch Dan Stone and Ferry Tayle play nostalgic FSOE classics, the smiles on all of our faces spoke to the impact the event had on us. If I could pick any event to represent the way trance makes people feel, it would be this one. Just pure bliss.
Jimmy Chou, Mark Sherry, Cold Blue, and Scot Project Photo: Trance Family SF
If you’re sad you missed out, don’t worry! There is always a next time and if you’re still on the fence about the next Dreamstate Vancouver, stop thinking and just do it! I guarantee you won’t regret it. Just be on the lookout for announcements!
Thank you to the Dreamstate Team, Trance Family SF, Harbour Convention Centre, and of course the attendees for creating such a wonderful experience! I’ll see you all again next year 🙂 – Alex Hall
http://harbourconventioncentre.com, all socials: harbourconventioncentre
www.trancefamilysf.com, all socials: TranceFamilySF
www.dreamstateusa.com, all socials: DreamstateUSA
www.insomniac.com, all socials: InsomniacEvents
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